Shetland Sheep: Rich in History, Rich in Textiles
Shetland Sheep: Rich in History, Rich in Textiles! Our farm mission is to enjoy and promote the wonderful diversity of the Shetland breed by fully utilizing to the best of our ability all they have to offer historically. We believe the best preservation and management of this breed includes it's full spectrum of history. We encourage old and new shepherds alike to join in the fun by engaging in fiber arts, especially spinning and knitting, as this breed is so intimately linked with those aspects of the arts.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Thanks goes out to our customers at the Helping Hands Craft Fair! We enjoyed visiting with all of you. The Field House at Neenah High School made for a great set-up. There was plenty of room for the vendors with wide walkways for customers, and no gusty wind!
As this event approached, we worried that if the cold rainy weather we'd been having for awhile would break, everyone would be outside doing fall cleanup and not shopping at craft fairs. Saturday proved nicer than the rest of the week had been, and the crowds were on the small side. However, we ended up having our second best day in sales ever! We are thankful for that! One customer was someone who'd bought a scarf kit from me at an earlier event, and had knitted up her scarf AND was wearing it yesterday! It looked so nice on her! She was wearing it with such style and the colors were beautiful over a darker color. It was fun to hear of her knitting adventures in designing, and wearing the scarf. Another customer was shopping in this beautiful knitted coat with the most lovely celtic style cable trim on the front and cuffs I've ever seen. She shared her knitting of it with me and where the pattern could be found. Fun! Another customer was fascinated to hear how spinning has grown in popularity and all the things modern spinning is today...perhaps a future spinner? :) We talked a long time, and her husband seemed real interested, too. Others loved hearing about our sheep and how we care for them, shear them, etc. Holly's Baa-tique drew lots of interest by kids and grown-ups alike, but sold only one scarf. That part was disappointing for her, but it makes for greater understanding of business. Perhaps her first day out at the Sheep and Wool Festival -- where she drew tons of interest and sold several scarves -- was SUCH a great day, this stands as a shadow behind it.
The doll in the green dress is wearing Mona's wool (one of our ewes), with peacock glitz added to it. We named the stole "Mermaid Glitz". The other doll is wearing a scarf spun from our white angora bunny, Zinnia. Makes the doll look straight out of Hollywood!
Well, it was a great day, and soon we had to pack up and return home. After getting some supper, unloading the van, and doing the chores, we were pretty tired! Today we are tilling up a new vegetable garden to replace our big, old one. The old one is getting too shady and weedy...it was that way from the start when we moved here. We are just now getting the work done to move it and I'm soooo excited about it! Never a shortage of things to do out here!